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Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
2012-03-22 23:12:58

The Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) is a small species of duck and the only living member of its genus. Its habitat is swamps and wooded ponds on the northern half of the United States or southern Canada. A common species in captivity in Europe, Hooded Mergansers seen in the wild there are usually regarded as escapes. However, a few have been regarded as genuine wild vagrants. It is a...

Common Merganser
2009-02-14 21:10:46

The Common Merganser (Mergus merganser), also known as the Gulaund or Goosander, is a species of duck that is found in Europe, North Asia and North America. It is most commonly found on lakes and rivers. North American birds migrate south in small groups to the United States where ice-free conditions exist. On the west coast, some populations are permanent residents. Scandinavian and Russian...

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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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